Douglas Development Purchases Pines of Rome Property
The development company is planning a multi-story building for the block.
Douglas Development recently purchased the Pines of Rome property in Bethesda, but the developer offered few details about its plan for the restaurant and the adjoining land it owns on the same block.
Douglas Jemal, the president of Douglas, said for now the Italian restaurant located near the corner of Hampden Lane and Wisconsin Avenue will remain open. However, he said they’re planning to build a multi-story building at the site and the adjoining Tommy Joe’s Restaurant property, which is also owned by Douglas. Jemal said the two properties would be developed together.
“I think anything could work out well,” said Jemal. He added that they’re looking at a mix of residential and retail for the space.
Jemal said a timeline is not currently in place for the project.
Tommy Joe’s owner Alan Pohoryles said he was told the development company would notify them a year before any project begins.
“They haven’t told us anything yet,” said Pohoryles.
Douglas purchased the Pines of Rome tract for about $6.9 million.
Pines of Rome did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The restaurant has been a fixture at its Hampden Lane location for the past 41 years.
Douglas also purchased the former Ranger Surplus site at the corner of Wisconsin and Woodmont for $9.2 million in December. Norman Jemal said the company is planning apartments and ground-floor retail for that site, according to a Washington Business Journal report.